Dear Rappler reader,
This week is about redefining preconceived notions.
Watch how the ladies in the Duterte bureacracy sought to soften the President's reputation despite his penchant for sexist remarks. They asked women to 'have a forgiving heart.'
Listen to Prime Minister Theresa May ask the British people not to be defined by their vote, but by making it work post-Brexit.
Find out how Comelec, a year after, seeks to shake off the stigma of a messy data breach that compromised millions of personal data of Filipinos.
See how University of the Philippines President Danny Concepcion hopes to chart a clear vision for the state university despite the dismay of groups who oppose the shift to a new GE curriculum.
Below are the big stories we think you shouldn't miss.
Women officials defend Duterte's sexist remarks
"When we say extramarital affair, the President is not married so he can make these kinds of remarks because, he isn’t married, right?" A h igh-ranking female official of the Duterte administration came to the defense of the President, who is accused of being sexist in some of his remarks and actions. An extramarital affair can be the basis for the suspension of a government official.
Duterte's threat to media: Beware of 'karma'
"See how they slant. I don't know. But someday – I'm not scaring them – but someday, karma will come." In a thinly veiled threat, President Rodrigo Duterte called media entities The Philippine Daily Inquirer and ABS-CBN "bastos" (rude) for reportering supposedly unfair news about him and pushing the vested interests of their owners – the "Lopezes and the Prietos."
"This is an historic moment from which there can be no turning back." Prime Minister Theresa May gave EU President Donald Tusk formal notification of Britain's withdrawal from the 28-nation bloc. May acknowledged that the June vote for Brexit had been divisive, but expressed hope "that we are no longer defined by the vote we cast, but by our determination to make a success of the result". Her comments come just hours after the semi-autonomous Scottish Parliament called for a fresh independence vote in protest over Brexit.
South Korea's Park in custody
"It is justifiable and necessary to arrest (Park)... as there is risk of evidence being destroyed," said the court that ordered the arrest of ousted South Korean Prime Minister Park Geun-Hye. Park spent her first day in custody Friday, with her opponents crowing and her supporters crying. The former head of state stared straight ahead, apparently trying to maintain her composure, as she was driven to the Seoul Detention Center through a barrage of flashbulbs at dawn.
'Comeleak' a year after
"To regain the confidence of the voting public, the Comelec should be more transparent with the actions they have taken." Independent IT consultant Lito Averia had this to say about 'Comeleaks,' the data breach that exposed the Comelec's database containing over 70 million registered voter records. Get the full picture from Rappler's look-back on the biggest leak of personal data in Philippine history.
UP president Danny Concepcion on fewer GE units
"The University of the Philppines has to ensure that its graduates are well-rounded. But somehow we also have to make sure that our students are competitive, not only domestically, but also globally." UP President Danilo Concepcion, who assumed office just a month before Diliman voted on the issue of the reduction in general education (GE) units, said he did not take a position and allowed the University Council to "have a full debate" and to "decide democratically."
Duterte uses oxygen 'converter' when sleeping
"I use it because my brain suffers from lack of oxygen. I've been using that for a long time. I never hid anything." President Rodrigo Duterte talked about his use of a contraption to improve his "oxygenation" last Wednesday. He was on the subject of his health, after turning a year older the day before, Tuesday, March 28. An oxygen concentrator could be seen beside his bed i n photos shared by his family when his grandchildren visited his Davao City home on his birthday.
PH Navy gets 2 aircrafts from Japan
"These aircraft shall perform critical roles in the mandates of the Philippine Navy, particularly in the aspect of maritime security and territorial defense." Philippine Navy Chief Joseph Mercado said the TC90s from Japan will boost the navy's capability to patrol its waters. "Waters" probably refers to the West Philippine Sea or South China Sea, the subject of an international tug-of-war among 7 claimant countries. Watch Carmela Fonbuena explain why this move is a step away from Japan's long-time pacifist policy.
Galaxy S8, Samsung's rebound premium phone
"A new era of smartphones." Emphasis on the word "new" and all hopes of a new beginning. Samsung on Wednesday, March 29 unveiled its new Galaxy S8 smartphones, incorporating the virtual assistant Bixby, as the market leader seeks to rebound from a chaotic handset recall and a corruption scandal. The S8 and S8+ will be available on May 5 for P39,990 and P45,990 in the Philippines.
How to stop procrastinating and start a fitness routine
“I’ll start on Monday," so goes the classic procrastination line. But there's no better time to start than now and we know it. Watch this quick tip on how to start and stick to your fitness resolution. - Rappler.com